Northern Mount St Helens Loop Backpacking

Kosmos, Washington

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The popular and well-known southern portions of Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument feature great scenery, awesome volcanic landscapes, and, not surprisingly, lots of people. Those who prefer solitude and quieter campsites, however, have another option in the more remote northern part of the preserve. This loop hike samples all of this little known area’s charms: lush forest, possibly the monument’s best waterfall, high ridgetop viewpoints, and a lovely mountain lake. Best of all, you do not need reservations to camp here, and the odds are reasonably good you will have the scenery all to yourself.
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Backpacking Washington

by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press)

The popular and well-known southern portions of Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument feature great scenery, awesome volcanic landscapes, and, not surprisingly, lots of people. Those who prefer solitude and quieter campsites, however, have another option in the more remote northern part of the preserve.

This loop hike samples all of this little known area’s charms: lush forest, possibly the monument’s best waterfall, high ridgetop viewpoints, and a lovely mountain lake. Best of all, you do not need reservations to camp here, and the odds are reasonably good you will have the scenery all to yourself.

©  Douglas Lorain/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Kosmos
Distance: 20
Elevation Gain: 3,200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-3 days
Season: Usually open mid-June through October
Trailhead Elevation: 2,400 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps: Green Trails - Spirit Lake (#332)
Driving Directions: Directions to Northern Mount St. Helens Loop (Backpacking)

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